Make sure that you are on top of your fire safety at work. You should be working in a safe working environment and have taken the opportunity to minimise the risk of fire. Here’s a checklist to assist you thanks to St. John’s Ambulance. Don’t forget to have nominated fire marshals and review your fire safety on a periodic basis. Keep safe.
Note any re hazards you work with:
- Sources of heat: i.e.
- electrical equipment
- naked flames
- spark-generating processes such as welding or grinding.
- Things that will burn: i.e.
- Also obvious fuels such as petrol, paint, varnish.
- Do walls or ceilings have hardboard, chipboard, or polystyrene?
- Check outside for fuel sources, too.
Note any persons who face extra risk levels
- Do some people face a greater risk of fire because of when or where they work or visit? Consider staff such as night workers, or employees, customers and visitors who may not be familiar with the premises. Remember that children, the elderly or disabled people are especially vulnerable. A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan may be required which details speci c requirements to aid an individual’s escape in the event of a fire.
Evaluate, act and protect
Consider actions you can take to reduce risk and to remove the risk of accidental res. Could a source of heat or sparks be knocked or pushed into something combustible? Could combustible material fall onto a source of heat?
- Sources of fuel (any combustible materials) and heat are now kept apart
- Fuel sources are secured / locked up (also reduces risk of arson)
- Alarm / evacuation procedure is understood by all staff
- Staff trained to use safety devices
- Key staff trained (on a Fire Marshal course) to tackle small re and stop it spreading
- Escape routes are signposted and monitored for hazards
- Emergency lighting checked (so in event of power failure or night-time evacuation, people can escape safely)
- Safety equipment checked regularly (extinguishers, evacuation chairs, hoses, fire doors unlocked)
Record, plan and train
- I have recorded any fire hazards I found and what I have done to reduce or remove them
- I have planned what everyone will do if there is a fire
- I have discussed the plan with all staff
- I have informed and trained people, and ensured that there are enough people trained to cover absences
- The organisation has practised a fire drill and I have recorded how it went
- I have nominated and trained staff to put in place agreed re prevention measures
- There is a system to inform temporary staff of procedures in case of fire
- I have consulted others who may share these premises and included them in the action plans
Keep your risk assessment under regular review as, over time, the risks may change. If you identify significant changes in risk or make any significant changes to your plan, you must tell others who share the premises and, where appropriate, you must re-train staff.
- I have made changes to the building inside or out
- There has been a fire or near miss
- Work practices have changed
- Chemicals or dangerous substances now stored
- Stock or stock levels significantly changed
- Next fire drill is planned
How long will it take for all the occupants to escape to a place of safety once a fire has been detected?